Sky Sports and other outlets are reporting that Rafa Benitez and Newcastle have struck the deal and all agreement have now been fully documented – with the great news that his appointment as Newcastle manager for the next three years is now expected to be announced later today at a press conference.
Rafa has been adamant he needs written assurances to have 100% control of all player recruitment and budgets for the coming summer and winter transfer windows.
Rafa Benitez – Newcatsle manager
It’s now exactly two weeks since we were officially relegated so we look forward to having Rafa at the club for at least the next three years and his goal is to bring a sleeping giant called Newcastle United back to life.
Rafa is on record as saying that he wants to win trophies at Newcastle and since it’s been 47 years since we last won a trophy – the Inter-City Fairs Cup back in 1969 – another trophy soon for the famous Newcatsle club would be fantastic.
We hope the press conference is long enough to give Rafa an opportunity to lay out his future vision for the club and some of the things he will be doing as he prepares for life in the Championship – hopefully just one seoasn before we back with the big boys in the Premier League.
Here are the various items in the agreement.
- Full control of all transfers into and out of the club
- Significant transfer funds to enable the building of a very good squad quickly
- A complete overhaul of the Youth Academy
- Significant upgrading of the Benton Training Facilities
- Control of the medical department
- Control of all scouting and recruitment activities